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UMass creates scholarship dedicated to civil rights activist

Oct. 18, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a new scholarship in honor of a local civil rights activist. The Ruth B. Loving Springfield Area Scholarship is for the school's University Without Walls program, which assists adults looking to complete their education and to...

Gov. Baker: I misspoke; will vote for GOP Senate candidate

Oct. 17, 2018 10:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he hadn't decided if he would vote for fellow Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl even though he has publicly endorsed his candidacy — but quickly backtracked and pledged to cast a ballot for Diehl. Baker made the...

Man convicted in fatal drunken-driving crash

Oct. 17, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been convicted in a drunken-driving crash that killed a 68-year-old man even though his lawyer said he was too drunk to form intent. The Republican newspaper reports that a judge Tuesday found 27-year-old Ryan Pezzini, of Westfield, guilty of involuntary...

Man who killed alleged home invader challenges drug charge

Oct. 16, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who fatally shot an alleged home invader is arguing evidence in his marijuana possession case should be thrown out. Twenty-two-year-old Dimitri Bryant faces no charges in the shooting of 48-year-old Benny Flores, but was charged with possession of marijuana...

Massachusetts MGM casino earns $27M during 1st month open

Oct. 15, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — MGM has reported nearly $27 million in revenue during the first full month of operation at its Massachusetts casino. The state Gaming Commission reported Monday that MGM Springfield generated $18 million in gross revenues from slot machines and another $8.8 million from table games like...

Police: Man stole 2 diamond necklaces worth $7,000

Oct. 15, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Police say a 67-year-old man stole two diamond necklaces worth nearly $7,000 from a Massachusetts jewelry store. Northampton police say the man walked into Silverscape Designs on Friday and talked with employees about engagement rings. Police say the man grabbed the necklaces when...

Massachusetts planning online auction of unclaimed property

Oct. 14, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is planning another online auction of items from its Unclaimed Property Division. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says her office will be exhibiting some of the items that will soon be auctioned on eBay.com beginning at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday. The items will...

26-year-old man found shot to death in car in Springfield

Oct. 13, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield police are searching for suspects after a 26-year-old man was found shot to death in a car. Officers responded to Cambridge Street at about 9 p.m. Friday when the city's ShotSpotter system detected gunshots in the area. The victim was found in the driver's seat of a...

Police: Woman killed in motorcycle crash

Oct. 10, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

PALMER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say a woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash. The Republican reports the crash happened Monday afternoon in Palmer when a motorcycle and a car collided on Route 20. Police say the motorcyclist was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where she...

Firefighter injured, residents displaced by Springfield fire

Oct. 9, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a Massachusetts home has displaced seven residents and sent a firefighter to the hospital. The fire in Springfield was reported just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. A fire department spokesman says one firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke...